Demystifying the Public Appointments Process

Public bodies make decisions that affect almost every aspect of our daily lives, from the arts, to education to health to transport to sport. A ‘public appointment’ is an appointment to the Board of Directors of a Public Body.

Have you ever thought about applying for a public appointment but were put off by the process or because you thought it wasn’t for you?
The Commissioner for Public Appointments is keen to encourage a wider and more diverse pool of people to put themselves forward for appointment to the Boards of our Public Bodies.

To demystify the public appointment process, the Commissioner is hosting a series of free, half day workshops that will explain:

  • what an appointment is and why you should consider applying;
  • what the appointment process entails and how to complete an application;
  • how long the process takes and who makes the final decision.

So far we have held fourteen workshops which have been attended by over 170 members of the public. You can see what previous attendees had to say on the workshop testimonials page. If you would like us to hold one of these workshops in your area please contact us for further information.

The next workshops will be held on:

  • Thursday 24th January 2019 (10am - 2pm)
  • Wednesday 27th February 2019 (10am - 2pm)

If you are interested in attending the workshop you can register your interest by contacting us by e-mail at or by telephone on 028 9052 4820.

The workshops will normally be held in our offices at:
Dundonald House, Annexe B
Stormont Estate
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB